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In the New York Times piece ‘The Brain on Love.’ Diane Ackerman explores studies that indicates that love improves mental health, physical health, response to pain and even wisdom. And these features can be rewired throughout life; you’re not stuck with how you are wired by the time you’re 5.

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In many parts of Africa, in Medieval Europe and the Southern slave states, people who worked fields lacked incentive to produce more because they didn’t share the yield. It’s a microcosm of the national economy. In their new book, “Why Nations Fail,” Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy.

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Author and columnist Thomas Friedman wonders about the direction of American capitalism compared to what’s practiced in Europe and emerging systems in China and South America. He sees it as a balance between government protections and stability while allowing risk-takers and the market to pick the winners and losers.

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How come Bob Dylan and Steve Jobs are so creative, and the rest of us are less so? Is there something magical about creativity that requires supernatural or divine inspiration? Nay, nay, says an article in The Atlantic. In fact, strange things like drinking a beer or watching Robin Williams can alter your creativity. Or just more focused attention. It depends on how close you are to “Aha!”

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John Stossel talks about how the creative destruction in capitalism makes our country richer by making production more efficient, making workers more productive (and therefore happier) and moving resources to where customers prefer them. And it’s all done without government coercion or force — or giving away the public treasury to favored cronies. But the media focused primarily on the closed (obsolete) factories and the family with the lost job, which is sad, easy to report and a partial and misleading story.

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